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Earth Care News

March 2017

In this newsletter:
Call the Statehouse: Ask Your Senator to Support S. 51
Stations of the Cross: On the Path of Ecological Conversion
Climate Change and Climate Policy in the Trump Presidency
Merchants of Doubt Film Showing: S. Hero Congregational Church, Mar. 26
Vermont Climate Economy Model Communities Program
Grants for Nonprofits to Help Low-Income Vermonters Save Energy
Trinity Institute: Mar. 22 - 24, 2017 -- Water Justice
Efficiency Vermont Launches Speakers Bureau
SolarFest's Energy Savings Day -- Mar. 25
2017 LEAP Energy Fair in Duxbury -- Apr. 8 from 9 - 3
People's Climate March: Apr. 29 in Washington, D.C., Montpelier & Nationwide
Ecological Justice and Creation Sustainability Conference: Sept. 30, Colchester
Shell Oil's 1991 Film Warned of Climate Change Danger

Call the Statehouse: Ask Your Senator to Support S. 51
S. 51 would put into law Vermont's goal of getting 90% of our energy from renewables by the year 2050. It would also provide a framework for the needed energy innovations that would transition Vermont to clean, efficient, local energy sources and would reduce energy bills and save money. Vermont Senators need to hear from their constituents now so they know this is a priority, and so the bill will move out of committee soon. The number to call is 802-828-2228 or toll-free: 1-800-322-5616. Please call sometime between 8 am and 4:30 pm to leave a message asking your Senator(s) to support S. 51.

Stations of the Cross: On the Path of Ecological Conversion
This is one of Vermont's Catholic Diocese's Year of Creation events. Bishop Coyne will lead the Stations of the Cross on Friday, March 3, 7 pm, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Burlington. A sustainable soup supper will follow with information about the Global Catholic Climate Movement's Lenten Fast for Climate Justice. Contact: Stephanie Clary

Climate Change and Climate Policy in the Trump Presidency
David Orr will speak on this topic at the Haybarn at Goddard College (123 Pitkin Road, Plainfield) on Monday, March 6 from 7 - 8:30 pm. The lecture is free and open to all. David Orr is Emeritus Professor of Environmental Studies & Politics at Oberlin College and author of eight books including Dangerous Years: Climate Change, the Long Emergency, and the Way Forward (Yale University Press, 2016). Contact: Catherine Lowther

Merchants of Doubt Film Showing: S. Hero Congregational Church, Mar. 26
South Hero Congregational Church hosts VT Interfaith Power & Light's (VTIPL) showing of Merchants of Doubt on Sunday, March 26 from 3:30 - 5:30 pm. Following the film, we'll have a discussion which includes ideas for action. The event is free and open to all. VTIPL continues to show this important film in faith communities throughout the state. Please be in touch if your congregation or one in your area is interested in hosting a showing. Contact VTIPL at 802-434-3397 or email.

Vermont Climate Economy Model Communities Program
This program will help communities build and implement plans that model state-of-the-art rural development in the age of climate change. The goal is to create "climate smart" communities throughout Vermont, brand them, and leverage rapid change in various systems such as transportation & energy generation. The program is a partnership between VT Council on Rural Development, Green Mountain Power and other utilities, Efficiency Vermont, and other partners. Two communities annually will be chosen to participate in the program. Applications to participate are due on March 22. Towns with populations of 1,000 - 10,000 are eligible this first year. For more information, there will be a webinar on Mar. 9 from Noon - 1 pm. Also, there's information on the website. Contact: Jon Copans at 802-225-6393 or email.

Grants for Nonprofits to Help Low-Income Vermonters Save Energy
Efficiency Vermont and Burlington Electric Dept. are soliciting proposals from nonprofit organizations to receive grants that enable them to help low-income Vermonters to reduce their energy bills. Through the VT Community Energy Partnership Grant Program, nonprofits that regularly work with low-income Vermonters submit applications for energy-related projects that will help low-income Vermonters. Details are here. Contact: Paul Markowitz.

Trinity Institute: Mar. 22- 24, 2017 -- Water Justice
Trinity Institute is an annual conference of Trinity Church Wall Street, in NYC. This year's conference theme is water justice and speakers include: Maude Barlow; Barbara Boxer, Katherine Hayhoe; David Toomey and others. The conference is webcast worldwide. Three Episcopal churches in Vermont are participating: St. Michael's, Brattleboro; St. Paul's Cathedral, Burlington; and St. James, Woodstock. Details are at the website.

Efficiency Vermont Launches Speakers Bureau
Efficiency Vermont (EVT) is offering free workshops for community groups and businesses designed to help Vermonters make energy improvements. EVT will provide an energy expert to deliver the presentation, give guidance on organizing the workshop, and provide educational and outreach materials. The community group is responsible for publicizing the event and securing the venue. Six different workshops are offered: Button Up Vermont; Cold Climate Heat Pumps; Mobile Home Efficiency; Modern Wood Heating; Slash Your Energy Bills; and Zero Energy Homes. To schedule a workshop, sign up here or call 1-888-921-5990.

SolarFest's Energy Savings Day -- Mar. 25
This showcase of leading experts and helpful presentations will be on Saturday, March 25 at Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester. The focus will be on practical, how-to information to help cut electric, heating, and cooling costs with the latest in energy conservation and renewable energy, and will include a keynote address, two panel discussions, and more! The admission cost is $5 or it's free if you bring your electric or heating bill! The details are at the website.

2017 LEAP Energy Fair in Duxbury -- Apr. 8 from 9 - 3
This year's LEAP Energy Fair includes 75 exhibits and many great resources. Breakout group discussions on heat pumps, weatherization, and going solar are also on the schedule. The daylong event at Crossett Brook Middle School in Duxbury is free and open to all. Get the details.

People's Climate March: Apr. 29 in Washington, D.C., Montpelier & Nationwide
This year's People's Climate March (PCM) is building on the very successful march in NYC in Sept. 2014. People from all over will converge in D.C. for this event. In Vermont, there will be a solidarity PCM event in Montpelier on Saturday, April 29 at 1 pm on the Statehouse lawn. The details of this event are being worked out -- more will be in VTIPL's April newsletter. Find out more about PCM in Washington, D.C. here.

Ecological Justice and Creation Sustainability Conference: Sept. 30, Colchester
As part of this year's Year of Creation events in Vermont's Catholic Diocese of Burlington, this daylong conference will be held at St. Michael's College in Colchester. Dr. Carolyn Woo will be the keynote speaker. She is the former CEO and President of Catholic Relief Services, the international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the U.S. The conference will also include a panel presentation, breakout group discussions, and more. More details will be here as they are confirmed.

Shell Oil's 1991 Film Warned of Climate Change Danger
This article in the Guardian tells about a rediscovered film made by Shell Oil in 1991 that gives a stark warning of the catastrophic risks of climate change. The 28-minute film, titled Climate of Concern, was made for public viewing - particularly in schools and universities. It warned that fossil fuel burning was warming the world and would lead to extreme weather, floods, famines, and climate refugees, saying "action now is seen as the only safe insurance." Unfortunately, the company didn't take it's own advice, and instead invested billions of dollars in tar sands operations and more. Here is the article.

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